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September 3, 2004 | Issue 510

FRONT AND BACK PAGES

Republican creep show in New York
Invasion of the warmongers
The motley collection of warmongers, bigots and corporate sleaze who run the Republican Party descended on New York City like an invading army.

Tortured at Abu Ghraib:
The scandal they can't hide
The Bush administration claims that the torture carried out in Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison was the work of a "few bad apples." But a pair of reports shows that the scandal goes deeper.

SW SPECIAL FEATURES

Arundhati Roy:
Public power in the age of empire
Author Arundhati Roy is one of the leading voices in the international struggle against war, poverty and injustice. Her recent speech in San Francisco raises crucial questions about the future of our movement.

Neither Kerry's critics nor supporters will talk about...
The real Vietnam
The issue capturing headlines today isn't the occupation of Iraq, or the Wal-Martization of the economy, but John Kerry's role in the Vietnam War. And both sides are ignoring the real story.

Chicago's school privatization plan is...
Making students and teachers pay for the crisis
Chicago's "Renaissance 2010" charter school plan is one of the latest attempts to turn a profit off public schools--and weaken teachers' unions.

WHAT WE THINK

Look who's taking Republican money...
Hypocrisy of the Nader bashers
Did the Democratic Party's attack dogs really make a television ad denouncing Ralph Nader for accepting money from known Republican donors--and pay for it with money from a known Republican donor?

A defeat for the U.S. in Najaf?
Fearing a wider revolt if it launched an all-out assault, the U.S. agreed to major concessions to halt bloody fighting in the southern Iraqi city of Najaf.

NATIONAL NEWS

Taking back the streets from the GOP:
"Bush lied and who died?"
In defiance of threats and warnings, hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers joined people from across the U.S. to take back the streets of Manhattan from invading Republicans.

New statistics show poverty on the rise
No recovery for the poor
The ranks of the poor and medically uninsured are growing--and the most vulnerable are doing worst of all.

COLUMNS

READING BETWEEN THE LINES
Why isn't Kerry trouncing Bush?
It is nothing short of incredible that John Kerry is not already the odds-on favorite to win the election in November.

ISSUES IN THE LABOR MOVEMENT
What's driving the attack on pensions?
Corporate America is rushing to get out of pension payments while the getting is good--and for organized labor, the stakes are higher than ever.

ON THE PICKET LINE

Why didn't organized labor mobilize in protest?
Bush's overtime cuts kick in
Overtime for millions of workers in the U.S. vanished into thin air when the Bush administration's new rules on overtime went into effect.

Labor in brief
Group Health Cooperative; United Workers of the North

NEWS OF OUR STRUGGLE

News and reports
Free Majid!; News from the Nader campaign

OUR READERS SPEAK OUT

The reality facing undocumented immigrants...
"Daily life is a silent war"
The majority of undocumented workers in this country work in the most deadly occupations for the lowest wages, and they live with the daily risk of being apprehended and separated from your family.

Battling for votes, sharing the same agenda
Both Bush and Kerry spent several days in Arizona, trying to convince crowds to vote for them. But when you look at what each said, the only question is: "Battle over what?"

Other letters
NUP isn't the right solution; TDU activist Tom Sheibley; Camejo needs to be honest; Where are the right-wingers for Nader?

REVIEWS

Platform for nationalism and greed
Staring down the Olympic monster
The Olympics have historically been a stage for what is both disgusting and inspiring about the intersection of politics and sports. In Athens, that tradition continued.

Karl Rove: George Bush's hatchet man
How did someone who looks and acts so stupid get to be president of the United States? This is the question posed by the documentary Bush's Brain.

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